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September 8th, 2013
CENTRAL FALLS ‚ÄĒ Seven years ago, the Eugene T. Lefebvre Post at 414 Hunt St. was sold to the Central Falls Housing Authority. Once a bustling social hub and gathering spot for countless local war veterans and their spouses, the post had fallen on hard times in recent years due to declining membership and an aging infrastructure.
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď An amazed Alan Ket sits on a bench above the steep bank of the Blackstone River as three colorful dragon boats glide over the choppy surface of the brackish river, drum beats pounding and the sounds of oars slicing through the water.
‚ÄúThis is so cool,‚ÄĚ says Ket, who lives in New York City and has never seen a dragon boat up close.
It's a beautiful late summer evening along the banks of the Pawtucket River, accentuated by the brilliant colors emanating from the new bridge structure at twilight. Mayor Donald Grebien begins the countdown shortly after seven o'clock...10-9-8 and before you know it, several hundred spectators are bedazzled by the bridge's new high tech lighting system.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Phil Frodio makes no bones about it. He‚Äôs here to do some serious eating, and for a 77-year-old foodie like Frodio, there was no better place to be Friday night than the Blackstone River Party and Taste of the Valley in and around Slater Mill on Roosevelt Avenue.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm probably going to go home sick tonight,‚ÄĚ Frodio says over his second bowl of pasta and sausage.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ With jokes about the waterway actually being the Seekonk River, the stylish new span that carries Interstate 95 across it was formally dedicated as the Pawtucket River Bridge Thursday in a ceremony attended by federal, state and local officials.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee, state Department of Transportation Director Michael Lewis and Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien joined in the unveiling of the sign that will be affixed to the $81 million bridge, which serves as a major link for the Rhode Island‚Äôs interstate system.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ From toddlers and teens to seniors and everyone in between, there's simply no excuse to be bored in the coming days with the 2013 Pawtucket Arts Festival lineup. The festivities get under way tonight with the Blackstone River Party and Taste of the Valley in and around Slater Mill on Roosevelt Avenue from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
CRANSTON ‚Äď In a move that stunned the Rhode Island political world, and completely scrambled the complex electoral calculus for the 2014 gubernatorial race, Gov. Lincoln Chafee announced Wednesday that he will not seek a second term as the state‚Äôs chief executive.
PAWTUCKET‚ÄĒEmployees, board members and hospital officials stood under white tents on the Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island's lawn Tuesday to witness a milestone: the signing of documents that seal the partnership between the Pawtucket-based medical facility with the Care New England Health System.
CENTRAL FALLS ‚ÄĒ ‚ÄúResilient‚ÄĚ is the word teacher Robert A. Scappini uses to describe his students at Central Falls High School.
For the past 23 years, Scappini has been teaching kids in this working-class community, including many who have come from war-torn countries.
He‚Äôs also training some of those kids as members of an elite squad of emergency first responders as part of the Central Falls High School Emergency Response Team (SERT).
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Be careful if you‚Äôre standing next to Thomas Blacke. While he‚Äôs smiling at you, shaking your hand and engaging in friendly chitchat, your wallet, watch or keys can disappear in...poof! A matter of seconds.
Blacke is no criminal, however. His intent is purely theatrical, as he has conjured up a successful career out of being a magician.
‚ÄúI was gifted with very quick hands,‚ÄĚ says the show business veteran and world record holder. ‚ÄúYou can learn the skills involved in magic, but you need natural hand speed to do it well.‚ÄĚ
CUMBERLAND ‚Äď From ratatouille crepes to a Mediterranean platter brimming with homemade tabouli, grape leaves with hummus and kalamata olives, Modern Bistro is all about signature American dishes with a European flair.
LINCOLN ‚Äď ‚ÄúReckless,‚ÄĚ ‚Äúdangerous‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúsubstantially below the standard of care‚ÄĚ are some of the terms health officials are using to describe the prescribing practices of a local doctor whose medical license was suspended Thursday by the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline.
A ‚Äúpattern of fatal opiate overdoses in patients‚ÄĚ under the care of Dr. Fathalla Mashali prompted the board to conduct the investigation that led to his suspension, according to papers released by the board.
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď Like the memorial trees at the center of its purpose, the popularity of the Tree in Memorial program in Slater Park just kept growing and growing. But sometimes success can bring its own set of challenges.
When city Recreation Director John Blais inherited the program from his predecessor William Mulholland, who started it, he realized it had outgrown the paper records way of keeping track of where the trees were, who donated them and in whose name.
CENTRAL FALLS ‚ÄĒ Fundraising for a project, especially in tough economic times, is always challenging. But when the project centers around someone as universally liked as the city‚Äôs late fire chief, Rene Coutu, the task becomes a lot easier.
Coutu, who served as fire chief for 25 years, died on Dec. 7, 2010, at the age of 60 after a battle with cancer. Now, longtime friend and Ward 2 City Councilor Robert Ferri wants to have a city park dedicated to Coutu‚Äôs memory.
‚ÄúI‚Äôve known Rene a long time, and he‚Äôs a guy so deserving of something in this city,‚ÄĚ said Ferri.
PAWTUCKET‚ÄĒLarge plate glass windows facing the busy intersection of Broad and Barton streets offer a window to the world that Project RENEW is trying to reach.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ How often do you get to go to an Interstate 95 bridge lighting party?
The Blackstone Valley Tourism Council and the City of Pawtucket, along with support from the Pawtucket Times and Woonsocket Call newspapers, invite the public to join in a celebration of the first lighting of the new Pawtucket River Bridge.
CUMBERLAND ‚Äď A family of beavers who faced being trapped and killed for causing tree damage and flooding at Diamond Hill Park last spring have gone from condemned prisoners on death row to the new star attractions of what town officials are hoping will be a natural outdoor exhibit to showcase the park‚Äôs diverse flora and fauna.
EAST PROVIDENCE ‚Äď City Manager Peter Graczykowski has announced that the city ended fiscal 2012 with a general fund surplus of $8.7 million, which will go into the city‚Äôs rainy-day reserve fund recommended by the Budget Commission and approved by the voters at the ballot box in November 2012.
The surplus number was reported as part of the annual audit by Parmelee Poirier & Associates, which completed its review of the city‚Äôs finances on July 31.
CENTRAL FALLS ‚ÄĒ It‚Äôs the Super Bowl of fashion design, and Josamir Torres of Central Falls will be there taking her fashion design skills from the classroom to the runway.
Torres, a 2008 graduate of Central Falls High School, is one of 10 student designers at The Art Institute of New York City who have been selected to bring their fashions to the industry‚Äôs largest stage ‚Äď the semiannual New York Fashion Week, one of four major fashion weeks held around the world.
LINCOLN ‚Äď Starting out as a freshman student in high school can be much easier if there are a few familiar faces at the school when the first day of school arrives.
That‚Äôs why Lincoln High School Principal Kevin McNamara, staff members of the school and upperclassmen were out in the school‚Äôs parking lot on Wednesday for the annual Freshmen Roar night.
Freshmen and their parents could meet the students‚Äô teachers, take a tour of the high school, and also sign up for extracurricular activities such as sports or afterschool clubs.